Welcome to GIBBIN HOUSE!

When I first started this blog about the misadventures of a nascent author, I had only a small novel under my belt, titled Gibbin House. The building that bears the name is a fictitious postwar era safe-house, as many might have existed, and the London home of my motley crew of exiles. I could not anticipate then the degree to which I would join its ranks of writers and artists, but since publishing my book in 2011, I have had the greatest privilege of opening my own art gallery and of exploring my love of the written word through visual poetry and paper sculptures. Yet much like the girl who first started blogging two years ago, I suspect I don't know what I'm doing half the time. As such, Gibbin House remains a refuge for ramblings...and on occasion a haven for little triumphs.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

GIBBIN HOUSE: Carola Perla's "Spelling Bee" Featured in the Zero...

GIBBIN HOUSE: Carola Perla's "Spelling Bee" Featured in the Zero...:   It's been almost a year in the works, but the inaugural annual issue of ELSE Art Journal -“Trans-what?” and “Everything Else” is...

Carola Perla's "Spelling Bee" Featured in the Zero Edition of ELSE Art Journal

It's been almost a year in the works, but the inaugural annual issue of ELSE Art Journal -“Trans-what?” and “Everything Else” is finally here!
Moreover it features a 2-page spread on my 2012 "Spelling Bee" visual poem and cut paper installation, which itself is currently on view in the "Lit / Lite" Solo Exhibit at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri, until November 7th, 2014.
Thank you so much to the staff for inclusion in this impressive annual academic art journal.  I'm thrilled join this list of international artists and honored to have been deemed relevant and worthy by my peers.

About ELSE:
ƎLSE Journal International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media Journal
is a peer-reviewed annual journal that welcomes experimental and alternative forms of creative work.


About Transart Institute:
Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. The MFA in New Media program was accredited by the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture through Donau University Krems, Krems, Austria in 2004 and the first summer residency was held in 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The current MFA Creative Practice program is accredited (accredited in BE) through the School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth in the UK.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

'LIT/LITE: Visual Poetry Installations by Carola Perla' at the Foundry Art Centre# - A Look Back

My very first solo show 'LIT/LITE: Visual Poetry Installations' opened two Thursdays ago at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles (St. Louis, MO), and I am still finding it hard to believe...

I say this for two reasons: the first is that I feel like such a novice.  I started with my paper cuts three years ago and it still startles me a bit to think of myself as an artist.  The title 'artist' seems to imply such a lot of struggle and suffering, countered by that unmistakable streak of genius and determination.   I instantly recall scenes from 'Of Human Bondage', because I had always imagined myself more like that novel's protagonist, a dilettante rather than the real thing, a lover of the bohemian life, a romantic, not meant for an actual hard life on the street in search of a dream, never really risking the gutter...I never imagined a road towards 'artist' a clean one...even as a writer, I battled demons, I lived a solitary life, at times I sacrificed...but this art, for which I am suddenly recognized and rewarded, this art had been a path of few stumbling blocks, of real joy, of (dare I admit) caprice...how have I found myself in this place, I wondered that evening in Saint Charles?  Can I be deserving?  What comes next?

Which I suppose is the question that brings me to my second reason: last year when I received my prize, it felt like such a beginning of something.  A year later, it feels like a closing chapter...because the truth is that with all my work displayed, I must forge a new path...I have to figure out what I need to do to grow, what still needs saying, do I intend to sell these things one day?  How much longer can I consider myself an artist without selling a piece?  Is this a fork in the road?  These are the questions I am not prepared to answer yet, and so the experience remains stubbornly in my mind an unsolidified one, a castle in the air, a whisper of memories...I am not ready to be nostalgic...

So instead I will focus on the journey of this past year, on the loneliness I felt last June, my uncertainty as I entered the Foundry, afraid of feeling inconsequential, of not being able to stand on my own...and knowing that all these months later, I could not feel more loved or consequential, at least to all who matter most to me...if I happen to elicit any such feeling from others through my work, then I can count myself truly blessed, and perhaps even an 'artist'

'LIT/LITE' runs now through November 7th...here is a bit of what you will see:

Monday, September 22, 2014

"LIT / LITE: Visual Poetry Installations by Carola Perla" Solo Show Launches at the Foundry Art Centre September 25, 2014!


I will save my full comments about this experience for after the opening, I'm too nervous to go into it now...what I will say is that this show punctuates my life in more significant ways than I could have foreseen last year when I unexpectedly won the Best in Show at the Foundry Art Centre's "Paper Cuts" exhibit.  Life is a never-ending stream of surprises, lessons, and miracles, and if I ever stop believing that, then all I have to do is look back on this moment...I am so proud, grateful, and full of emotion, having sent off three year's worth of work - my entire collection - to this show, not sure if I sent enough light bulbs, wrote the correct measurements, made good enough work, and yet knowing that it doesn't matter, because this is all part of the journey...I will keep you posted on the results...in the meantime, here is the flyer for the show:


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Carola Perla Part of "Diverse Dimensional Approaches" Paper and Sculpture Exhibit at Impact Artists' Gallery

"Diverse Dimensional Approaches"
Paper and Sculpture Exhibit at Impact Artists' Gallery
Buffalo, New York
March 5 - April 25, 2014

So excited to be part of this new exhibit!
Sculpture : In its complexity, sculpture is both noun and verb, both the means and the end to production.
Noun : The art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, esp. by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.
Verb : Make or represent (a form) by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques.
Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago.
From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about.
Selection in this exhibit coincides with being awarded a Showcase Winner in ART SLANT's 1st Showcase in 20014 Competition!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Moon Shine Art Spot: Review: Gibbin House

Moon Shine Art Spot: Review: Gibbin House: Gibbin House by Carola Perla My rating: 4 of 5 stars Gibbin House by Carola Perla is one if my favorite ...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CTC Virtual Book Tour of Gibbin House: Thanks to All for the Great Reception!

A great measure of thanks all the participants in the CTC Virtual Book for "Gibbin House", their wonderful reviews and generosity in hosting my author guest posts:

Traveling with T - review and guest post
"...Gibbin House is so interesting, so heartfelt, so much so that I’m struggling with words...A book that will hang around in your thoughts after closing the book or clicking off the Kindle!..." 
Guest Post:
"Literary Influences: How Margaret Ball Changed My Life"
"I LOVE this guest post. Seriously it’s made of fantastic and dipped in awesome." - Traveling With T
What is That Book About - guest post
"On Malot, the Birth of Anka, and Paper Houses"
Life of a Female Bibliophile - review
"Perla is a great writer. She creates this world with a cast of characters that have varying personalities, and puts hard work into detailing the people and scenery. It makes the reader feel that the are living in Gibbin House as well. The settings were so realistic and I liked that Perla uses this poetic literary language that you usually only find in the traditional classics."
Library Educated - review
"...It seems like those books are kind of rare!"
Hobby Lady - excerpt
A Book Geek - excerpt
Not Drinking Coffee - excerpt
Moreover, an enormous thanks Ashley at Closed The Cover for her expertise and professionalism in organizing and conducting this virtual tour - she's the best!
More than 1,000 entries in the Giveaway!

Congratulations to Lori R. who is the Grand Prize winner of the CTC Virtual Book Tour  Giveaway, and to Dee and Rhonda for winning signed copies of Gibbin House!  Thanks to everyone for entering:))

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

4 Star review of Gibbin House by Life of a Female Bibliophile!

February 9: Sunday's stop on the CTC Virtual Book Tour was off to a great start with this wonderfully written 4-Star review from Life of a Female Bibliophile...
I really enjoyed reading “Gibbin House”. It was nice change of material from the typical books I read and it had an intriguing storyline. The novel, is an historical fiction story and takes events from the past and meshes with a interesting plot. It took me a while to understand some of the historical contexts I was reading about since I wasn’t very knowledgeable about the country and the time period. Doing a little side research cleared up my confusion immediately and I was able to understand and follow the plot.  Perla is a great writer. ..READ MORE
Thanks again to Life of a Female Bibiophile for taking the time out to read Gibbin House and offer your great insights!

A Book Geek: Gibbin House Blog Tour - Excerpt Post and Giveaway...

A Book Geek: Gibbin House Blog Tour - Excerpt Post and Giveaway...: Gibbin House by Carola Perla Source: Author via Closed the Cover for an honest review Format: eBook and Paperback Publication Date: ...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

GIBBIN HOUSE: Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 ...

GIBBIN HOUSE: Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 ...:     Just recently I ran a Google search for "Gibbin House" and stumbled upon the most remarkable thing - the last line of m...

Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 -15, 2014

Just recently I ran a Google search for "Gibbin House" and stumbled upon the most remarkable thing - the last line of my novel being quoted as a keynote at a National Youth Assembly for the United Reformed Church in the UK (the theme was Lost and Found: People in Exile)...

I assume the speaker probably Googled the line (in much the same indiscriminate manner as I had my name), being in search of a quote about exile, and stumbled on it on Goodreads (I assume this because my circle of readers remains, for a lack of a better word, concise).  The path, however, is really quite irrelevant, as what matters is what it signifies - that even in relative obscurity, in this day and age, a self-published work has a life, a resonance of its own in the ether...the Internet is a wonder...

That said, I happily and most enthusiastically announce the upcoming Virtual Tour of "Gibbin House", conducted by Closed The Cover, February 8 -15, 2014.  Below is the schedule, which includes an assortment of book reviews, excerpts, Q & A, guest posts, and fantastic giveaway!  Stay tuned!

Tour Schedule

February 8, 2014
Closed the Cover - Kick-Off Post and Giveaway
Library Educated - Book Review

February 9, 2014
Life of a Female Bibliophile - Book Review

February 10, 2014
Hobby Lady - Book Excerpt

February 11, 2014
All R Media - Book Review

February 12, 2014
A Book Geek - Book Excerpt

February 13, 2014
Not Drinking Coffee - Book Excerpt

February 14, 2014
Book Hostage - Author Q&A

February 15, 2014
Traveling with T - Book Review and Guest Post


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Peripheral ARTeries Art Review - Article and Interview, Dec 2013 issue - Carola Perla

This past December Peripheral ARTeries Art Review featured an 8-page spread on my art work, along with one of the most thorough interviews I've done in a long time.  It was such a wonderful opportunity to share my experiences, inspiration, and thoughts on the direction of contemporary art. 

Check it out!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Creative Quarterly Journal Annouces CQ34 Winners

The art journal Creative Quarterly has chosen to include me in its Spring 2014 online gallery as one of its select 25 international Fine Arts Professionals! Although I narrowly missed out on the Winner Circle to be published in the esteemed magazine's CQ34 issue, I will feature online with my fellow Runners Up.